Fly Canyon Headwaters
In Utah, United States
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I had originally attempted to place this cache at the falls in Fly Canyon, but upon arrival near the falls, I realized that the timber was too thick and the slope too steep to access the falls easily. Instead, I continued up the trail and placed the cache in another interesting place.
After about a mile and a half of fairly steep hiking, and after passing up the falls, MarkyMark and I came across a clearing in the thick timber. Water was flowing through the clearing in several small streams, and in the middle was an old, crumbling concrete structure that was presumably used to impound water for drinking or bathing. After more exploration, it appeared that this area was once home to somebody, but who or for what purpose I cannot figure out. There is a lot of very old lumber, various unidentifiable mechanical parts, a metal bed frame, and even an old, rusty engine block. Beyond the clearing are numerous small rivulets of water falling down the steep hillsides, which all eventually flow down Fly Canyon into Lowry Water and then to Joe's Valley Reservoir.
The hike to the cache is somewhat steep (with about 1,100' of elevation gain), but the trail is an old jeep trail that's been closed to motorized use, and so it's not too difficult to follow. You can park at N 39° 24.450' W 111° 16.383' and work your way northwest on the well-defined trail.
I was getting poor GPS reception even in the clearing near the cache, so here are some explicit details for finding the cache. As you enter the clearing, just to the right (north) of the trail is a small stand of about 3 or 4 pines. The cache is at the base of the pines, next to a small partially buried boulder and covered with some smaller rocks.
Update - February 11, 2011: I've found some old photos of the sawmill in Fly Canyon on the Emery County Archives site, and one of them (which I've added to the photos on this page) shows the concrete structure I'd previously posted a photo of. If I can find any more information about this area, I'll be sure to add it.
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- Some small falls nearby
- The concrete structureI have no clue what this was supposed to be
- The concrete structure (2)An old photo showing the concrete structure (I still can't tell what it is, though)
- The trail, right where the clearing opens upWarning: SPOILER. The orange arrow points to the cache.
Last Updated: on 6/19/2017 3:50:53 PM Pacific Daylight Time (10:50 PM GMT)
Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum